BOYET Fernandez called out San Sebastian star Michael Calisaan for his numerous ‘dirty plays’ in their match which San Beda won, 76-65, in NCAA Season 93 on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Center at San Juan.
The fiery Red Lions mentor even claimed that Calisaan has gotten away with dirty plays for most parts of the season, seeing those ‘extra motions’ when he’s scouting the versatile forward.
“Ayaw ko kasing magkaproblema ako. Pero matagal ko nang kinocomplain si Calisaan. Kasi every game, I watch him play because I really believe that he’s a very good player. I always watch him because I want to find ways to stop him,” said Fernandez.
“But every time I watch his game, I see him punching other guys and nobody’s even making the calls and throwing him out,” he added.
This game was no exception as Calisaan was almost ejected in the 3:33 mark of the first quarter for a hit on JV Mocon while jockeying for position on the rebound play.
The referees initially called a disqualifying foul on Calisaan, which automatically ejects the fourth-year forward. Upon review, the referees downgraded the call to just an unsportsmanlike foul.
“Intayin ko na lang memo kung ano reaction nila sa downgrade. The intention was there. It’s not really how hard the foul, it’s the intent,” Fernandez continued.
“Yun ang problema ko, he’s always been doing that. Ang tagal na e, first game pa lang namin, first foul he did to Nono Noah, he should be thrown out already,” he added.
What further infuriated Fernandez was how the decision to downgrade Calisaan’s foul was the same exact thing they were hoping in Robert Bolick’s case against College of St. Benilde last week.
Bolick was ejected for an apparent elbow above the shoulder after reacting to a Carlo Young hard foul late in their win.
Instead of a review, Bolick was ejected, suspending him for a game and disqualifying him for every individual award this season.
“The worst thing I feel is yung kay Robert. Sakin lang let’s be fair. Kung above shoulder, thrown out, thrown out. Alam naman nila yung ginagawa ni Michael e. But again, it’s the decision of the commissioner and the referees, wala naman ako magagawa but to respect that,” said the San Beda coach.
Fernandez, however, reiterated that he still looks at Calisaan with high regard, particularly when it comes to the forward’s skills.
He just wishes Calisaan to settle down when it comes to dealing those ‘extra motions.’
“I really love the way Calisaan plays. I love his physicality. But again, they have to tell the guy, don’t try to destroy the other guy’s future,” said Fernandez.
“I even told him ‘Hey you’re a good player but don’t be dirty, just play your game.’ He’s really good. He has a good future in Philippine basketball. Physical lang, wag lang dirty.”